Grateful Dead Live at Roanoke Civic Center on 1987-07-08
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- Roanoke Civic Center
Subject: Glad to see
Subject: East Coast Summer 1987
The whole tour was a harbinger for what was to come in the future for the Grateful Dead, and in many ways the end of an era. The Alpine shows were their usual bouncy fun. Now it was on to the Stadiums, hmm...We were stopped at the border crossing over from Detroit to Windsor due to border guards' insistence that patchouli was actually hash oil, and thus missed the Toronto show. Strike one. The first stadium show we hit in Rochester was actually quite a good concert, and left us with high hopes for the Dylan and the Dead experiments. Well, the less said about those the better-there were some moments here and there, but both the Dead and Dylan sets were sub-par at best. Top that off with truly obnoxiously rude and unruly crowds at 80,000 seaters, and the concurrent release of "In the Dark" and the scene began to crash and burn. Strike two.
However, tucked away in that turning point in the Dead's history were at least three gems. The Pittsburgh show was excellent, and then the two in Roanoke were equally as good. This night, the second, was truly something special, one of my very favorite shows of the mid-eighties. Truly inspired setlist, excellent playing, high band energy, and the sound system sounded great in a smaller than usual venue. Truly a great time had by all! Highly recommended download.
Set 1 - Jer has trouble with Dupree's, but everything else is perfectly rendered - listen to Healy sustain that note Bobby sings on "Masterpiece".
Set 2 - S>F is extraordinary, I think - you really can hear the crowd getting into the late jam in Fire - is that Mickey getting it going like that? And Crazy Fingers out of Space? Giddy-up!
Subject: a Jerry moment
The overall sound and feel of this show is truly unique; people that simply won't bother with certain eras are missing out. While there isnt much in the way of incredibly exploratory jams, there are plenty of great high-energy moments, esp scarlet>fire, and others already mentioned. Love this Dupree's, lyric flub and all.
However, for me, the true power of this show comes through in the way Jerry delivers the slower, heavier songs of the show: he's gone, crazy fingers, comes a time, black muddy river. Especially on Comes a Time, his soloing and singing is haunting, even depressing, but at the same time has this palpable uplifting sense that "its all OK". Something about a man that has been a full blown drug addict for around a decade, an infamous spiritual leader to a generation for two decades, and nearly died of a diabetic coma the year prior singing and playing this way just knocks me on my ass... heavy sh*t, people!
Jerry had this uncanny and unrivaled ability to create these incredibly powerful, nigh-spiritual musical moments without really expending a lot of his own physical or mental energy; but rather, just by being himself...or showing us that side of himself.
This show provides a treasure trove of these "Jerry moments". Truly classic and timeless stuff.
Subject: Summer time come and gone, my oh my
This was right when the Dead released In the Dark - I mean right then - so I remember a bunch of people going to some event at their hotel, and a guy showing me a copy of In the Dark signed and given to him by Mickey. Kind of the Golden Age, before all hell broke loose with the MTV/Touch of Gray fans that busted the scene at its seams.
I have deep deep memories of these summer shows, starting in the early 80s through, say, 89. And as I said: these two were a-m-a-z-i-n-g.
My girlfriend went to Virginia Tech - we dosed then got a ride from some other heads to the shows, taking bong hits in the back seat of the car as the driver raced like a madman over the rolling hills of Virginia. I literally felt transported into the opening scene of the Grateful Dead. It was one giant hallucination of light and speed and music and nervous energy.
We were high then entire run. First night we climbed into the arena's cage-like wall covering and actually watched a good part of the show from the ceiling, looking down on the band.
This night, we dosed heavily and it was a peak for me in more ways than I can describe. Back then everyone wanted to hear Dark Star. Always, always, always. "Play Dark Star." After experiencing the first to last notes, it dawned on me that Dark Star was entirely unnecessary - that everything important and good about that song had leaked out of it into the playing of these cosmic cowboys. That, regardless of the names of the songs, the entire show had in fact been one giant Dark Star. Liftoff achieved - velocity achieved - next stop, Pluto.
When you are as high as that, and you hear Comes a Time, you never forget it.
During drums, my girlfriend and I went under the bleachers - why? Dunno. It was like entering another world. I saw crazy fairy tale animals dressed in medieval costumes, including a fox-like creature that guided people between worlds, like a Robin Hood character.
During space, we sat crossed legged facing each other, hands together, waving in a timeless cosmic wind.
High as kites. I will never forget it. One of my favorite shows of all time.
God bless the Grateful Dead. There has never been anything like them; never will be again.
Subject: gem of a show!
Subject: birthday show
Subject: Some Set of Shows
...at least that was my interpretation of it.....after the show we waited for the hood of the car to stop lookin so wavy and then hit the long road back North....I enjoyed these two shows more than the Pittsburgh or most of the surrounding Dead/Dylan shows...they were well played, and there was less than 50,000 people there....
Subject: Great to see so much love for this show
I second every positive thing written about this show. The energy was utterly volcanic, absolutely the highest of all the shows I saw. For me the highlight was actually Crazy Fingers, not the epic S>F or wonderful Comes a Time. There were only a couple space > Fingers shows and the other I know of has terrible vox. This one is very well done and makes a great transition from space. Down on the floor our hands were all covered in glowstick juice - yes, now I know it's toxic - making crazy fingers, floating in air...
Subject: Top Shelf
As for the lack of bass and the boominess of this recording I suggest you run this show through maximum amplification to at least two major speakers. Dial up bass. Use your loudness feature. Check your volume knob. If you can't turn it all the way up, there's something wrong with your hand. Honor the music with quality stereo and by all means please share the gift of high decibels with your friends and neighbors.
Subject: Intro to the Boys
When I found this site, this was the first show I got and the 7/7 show was the next one. I had long since had my tapes of them eaten, respliced and eaten again so I was very happy to get new copies. The Scarlet/Fire and Crazy Fingers are both what I judge other versions by because they are truly epic. A must have...yeah, I am biased but trust me, you won't be disappointed.
Subject: Brent's never Trust a Woman...
Subject: In the POCKET!
Smokin Sugaree! The band must have been casting glances at each other, 'what got into Jer?"
As for Roanoke - "In an apparent drug related incident, a naked man dove through the window of a police cruiser." That came from the local newspaper at the end of a paragraph describing various schenanigans including the placement of soap in the town fountain. The bubbles you know.
My bro and I were there!! lol. what a great time. That poor little town took a major beating :)
the sound quality is ok here, crisp but not enough bass and a little distant. could be the hall.
jboy, keep your dayjob.
Subject: try other source
Subject: smokin show
Subject: 4 star performance
Subject: Far more ambitious, with higher peaks and longer lulls
2nd Set: Hmmmm...this is the intro to the 2nd, and the crowd is already unfied in a "NFA" handclapping chant?! Will that tale be told...stay tuned and find out. Silence, band on stage, audience tense over what selection will be offered after a 45 minute wait. Certainly, to some, prayers were answered by the ease Jerry has constructed "Scarlet's" timeless opening chord melody. Jerry's filling the crowd with tizzies during his twisting work 2:50-3:20 into "Fire."I want to be at Roanoke Civic Center 5:35-6:00 where there's a curiously incredible burst of energy. Three rims sounded for a nanosecond, akin to a transference into "Playin..." nahhh...it's those wacky voices again. Totally hot 2:50-3:35, though Jerry's transitional notes are not effortless...you can feel him glaring down at his stroke-afflicted 'retooling/relearning' fingers... That being said, 4:25-5:05, there's power exacberated by the maestro's behind the skin. Everyone kinda is subliminally prepared for the descent into "He's Gone" so no surprise that there's hand-clapping when it's arrival is pronounced. One cannot escape the vocally gruff solemnity. "Drums/Space" are what they are... Hmmmm, what a great call. Instead of veering towards the minor-league "OO" we've been accumstomed to recently receiving, they take a pastoral detour through your "Crazy Fingers." It's only decent but suffiently sad, and twirlicious from 6:50-7:30. Oddly silent, but the rave-up to "Truckin" immediately makes its presence felt. Not overwhelmingly powerful, but certaining interesting when Bobby purposefully stutters his way to "Get out of the door...Sometimes the lights..." Another delicacy is put forth with "Comes" which is touchingly felt. Bobby is rock-star center with a joyous "Sugar."
Tonight's encore is of the summation variety. Since new songs have not been plentiful tonight, it should come as no shock that we'll walk along the "Black Muddy River."
Another very fine gig at 3 1/2 stars, rounded up to 4. (If these were the final shows in Roanoke, they went out 'on top.'
As a side note, I've been to Roanoke once, in 1998 to welcome DMB back on the road as it was the opening show of the "Before these Crowded Streets" tour. The show was negatively memorable for the overcast then downpouring skies, and the unruly and physical crowd who chose to mosh during "Two Step." Suffice to say, despite these 18 year old shows, there's very little drawing me back to the Southern Virginia territory. (It's so far from urban civilization.)
This venue is so small!! Almost like winterland. For me, this one and the 2nd two Greeks are the highlights of the year.
Subject: My First Show
But 8 July 1987 was my first show - and I'll never forget it. By a fluke, Ticketron accidentally started selling tix about a month before they were supposed to - and I happened to be in a mall right by a booth when they put up the sign in my hometown of Lynchburg, VA. Got front row center. Wrote a bad check and had to beg my sister for funds to get into the bank before it cleared. She saved the day.
The show was unstoppable. But I wasn't. Smoked far too deeply on something passed through the row - and had to be lifted out during the first set by many friendly heads. Back in action about 20 minutes later - but it was scary going for a while. If you were there, you might have seen my scrawny ass being handed over people in the front.
What a show, though. Utterly amazing. Granted, I'm biased, but wow. What fun. So glad to find it online. Peace.
Subject: I was there, IT was the best show of my career
They opened up this show nicely; we knew we were looking a big show from the line up the two weeks before. The energy was so high in the audience, it seemed the right people made it in & were all focused on the band. The energy in turn fed the band & provided the catalyst for a splatter show. Jerry was so on, period; he looked great & had woken up on the right side of his buzz that night. The DupreeÃÂs & the Big Railroad blues were hard to see & most welcome. I remember the Let it Grow having allot of flowing energy & making us quite happy. Second set is when it all happened. The lights went down & the boys took the stage fiddling around with their instruments in the usual way, jerry looking at bobby, Brent & jerry smiling, Phil looking around then jerry started the Scarlet & the place exploded with cheers. We were so pumped, as the Scarlet progressed after each verse the crowd cheered. You can here this in the audience tape of this show & was the only time I remember this happening. The cheers went on for sometime until the middle eight of the song & this pumped up the band, On one of these cheers I remember Jerry looking over his shoulder at the crowd & shaking his head then looking at Bobby. They knew we were ready & they brought their A game. JerryÃÂs lead in the Scarlet was right on no hesitation big powerful leads with chords added allot of dynamic & increased the energy until they created the music entity we know as "the dead". The next songs fell into place well Fire was great with an echo on the back wall of the hall. Estimated had allot of power & into a slow down of HeÃÂs Gone was still refreshing & helpful. Coming out of space we had a hard time getting a handle on the next tune. Jerry went into Crazy Fingers which was strange out of space & very ethereal. Bobby next took us into truckin with bobby stuttering through some of the verses which really help push the energy of the song exponentially into a jam; as the song wound down we heard the smokestack lighting but was quickly retuned into what sounded like wharf rat but turned into the last Comes a Time with Brent This was so sweet. The place became very quite as Jerry took us to this special place in his repertoire of music. Everyone caught their breath & just let Jerry tell us this story. I look at my friend, Karen, as the Comes A Time was ending & she just looked at me & said ÃÂSugar MagÃÂ, IT was a jamming Sugar Mag & we ended the show on such a high note. The encore was Black Muddy River, which at the time wasnÃÂt such a let down as some think. They hadnÃÂt been playing it long & we enjoyed so much before it that I didnÃÂt notice. Great Show with Great friends. May the Meatless Hotdog People Live long & Prosper!
Subject: tons of energy
Subject: Not much to say.
Craig in SF
Subject: Not much to say.
Craig in SF
Subject: Scarlet Fire
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